21 March 2013
Australia supports mining for development in Mozambique
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, and Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, His Excellency Mr Oldemiro Baloi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Mining for Development to formalise the growing partnership between Australia and Mozambique.
Press release: Australia and Mozambique
Boost for Australia-Myanmar trade relations
Austrade CEO Bruce Gosper has announced the appointment of Mark Wood to the new position of Trade Commissioner in Yangon, Myanmar. The announcement coincided with the visit to Australia of the country’s President Thein Sein.
Press release: Austrade appoints Trade Commissioner for Myanmar
Australia, us working together to optimise opportunities in clean energy
Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) will collaborate to harness the growing success of clean energy in Australia and the United States. The partnership will create opportunities for the clean energy industries in both countries.
Report: Clean Energy - Australia and the US
Japan announces that it will seek to join TPP negotiations
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that Japan will seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.
Transcript: Japanese PM Abe - statement
Asian Development Bank President Kuroda steps down
Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda has stepped down after eight years at the helm. Under Mr Kuroda, the Bank’s longest serving president, the ADB‘s operations tripled from $7.4 billion in 2005 to $21.57 billion in 2012, reflecting the region’s growing demand for development finance.
Report: ADB President Steps Down
Pascal Lamy on global value chains
World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy has highlighted the importance of global value chains in a speech to the Economic Development Foundation in Istanbul. Mr Lamy argued that an understanding of global value chains was vital for appreciating the full extent of global interdependence between states and could lead to a more cooperative approach to trade negotiations.
Speech: WTO DG Lamy on Global Value Chains
OECD: Future of the Asian economic and financial community
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a paper analysing medium and long term prospects for Asian economies. The paper highlights the potential for increased cooperation between OECD member-states and Asia’s major economies.
Paper: OECD on the future of Asia